Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.
Volume 21 Issue 1, February 2015
This special issue of Transfer focuses on discrimination experienced by migrants, ethnic minorities and posted workers, and on how trade unions are responding to the challenges of racism at work. Four of the articles arise directly out of interrelated research projects that were carried out in 2003–2005, 2008–2010 and 2013 involving essentially the same research teams and dealing with trade union policies and practices concerning racism at work. They were funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme (HPSE-CT-2002-00129) and by its DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (VS/2012/0240) as well as by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA2-2008-3200-T05) and included both targeted country studies of Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy and the UK, and an EU-wide study. Two other articles arise from original research into the aspirations and trajectories of contrasting groups of EU citizens working temporarily in Sweden, a country whose employment relations are often held up as a model for inclusiveness and solidarity.